Com­mu­nity cen­tre shelved

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The plan to build a com­mu­nity cen­tre on the Wil­bur Sparkes Recre­ation Fa­cil­ity in Bay Roberts has been put on hold.

The news comes af­ter recre­ation di­rec­tor Ian Flynn tabled a mo­tion at the Aug. 26 reg­u­lar coun­cil meet- ing to re-al­lo­cate some $200,000 meant for the pro­ject.

The money will be fun­nelled into sev­eral other projects in­stead. The fol­low­ing is a l ist of projects ap­proved by coun­cil:

• Ex­pan­sion of the ball field at the Wil­bur Sparkes Recre­ation Com­plex;

• Con­struc­tion of a beach vol­ley- ball court at the Wil­bur Sparkes Recre­ation Com­plex;

• Ad­dress drainage is­sues at the old ball field in the com­mu­nity gar­dens;

• Ad­dress is­sues with the wash­room fa­cil­ity at the com­mu­nity gar­dens.

The bud­get for the pro­posed com­mu­nity cen­tre was set at some $500,000, how­ever ini­tial de­signs of the fa­cil­ity placed it well be­yond the half-a-mil­lion dol­lar price tag.

“In hind­sight, I wouldn’t want to be­gin con­struc­tion on a $500,000 to $600,000 fa­cil­ity only to have it bal­loon to a $800,000 to a $1 mil­lion build­ing when we’re af­ter sig­nif­i­cant in­fra­struc­ture down the road in re­gards to a new aquatic fa­cil­ity or recre­ation cen­tre,” said Flynn. “As gung ho as I was to see the new build­ing, I have to be a re­al­ist too.

“Right now, for what we’re look­ing for in the fu­ture, it doesn’t seem like a good idea to tack on a pro­ject that does not fit in the bud­get.”

The recre­ation di­rec­tor said he would like to put the com­mu­nity cen­tre on the “back burner” un­til a more eco­nom­i­cally fea­si­ble de­sign can be de­cided upon.

“What I’ve listed here are four ma­jor projects that I think need to be done,” said Flynn.

“Our field right now is only 230 feet and with provin­cial guide­lines be­ing 250 feet, it would en­able us to host or co-host provin­cial tour­na­ments within the next year or so,” said Flynn.

Flynn said the goal of th­ese ad­di­tions would be to pos­si­bly at­tract the New­found­land and Labrador Sum­mer Games in the fu­ture.

“I cer­tainly see us be­ing in a bet­ter po­si­tion in the next round of bids,” he said. “The projects that I’ve listed here would cer­tainly put a strong­hold on govern­ment to make us favourable for that bid.”

The sug­ges­tions put forth by Flynn were favourably met by coun­cil.

How­ever, Deputy Mayor Bill Sey­mour ex­pressed his de­sire to see some move­ment on a new swim­ming pool in Bay Roberts.

“For any kind of Games or any­thing, we need a swim­ming pool,” he said. “This town is in bad need of a swim­ming pool.”

Coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved the moves.

Pub­lic works re­port

Di­rec­tor of pub­lic works Sean Elms gave his quar­terly re­port at the meet­ing. He said the plan to have emer­gency wa­ter main in­stalled be­tween Ped­dle’s Pond and Big Pond is “in the process of mo­bi­liza­tion.”

Ten­der on the pro­ject was award to H&B Con­struc­tion in New Har­bour, who came in with the low­est bid at $493,293.

Elms said he is in the process of dig­i­tiz­ing many of the town’s wa­ter and sewer maps.

“Just to get proper lo­ca­tion of where wa­ter and sewer are,” he said. “We have some re­ally old maps.”

Waste man­age­ment

Elms said he has been con­tacted by the me­tal re­cy­cling com­pany Newco Me­tal and Auto Re­cy­cling Ltd. of St. john’s about plac­ing a bin in Bay Roberts. The town would be able to place its old met­als in the bin, and the com­pany will come pick it up and dis­pose of the ma­te­rial. “There’s no cost to us,” said Elms. “It’s an ex­cel­lent idea,” added Coun. Wal­ter Yet­man.

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